On Saturday, the states of Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin reported record numbers of daily infections, while nationwide they reached nearly 49,000 new cases in 24 hours – most on a Saturday in the last day. month and a half.
New infections were also reported last week in Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Wyoming.
New York State is among the 18 states where the numbers have not increased much in the last two weeks, according to a Reuters analysis. However, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that he intends to propose to the governor the closure of non-essential businesses and schools in nine neighborhoods starting Wednesday.
Health experts have warned that the cooling of the weather, which will lead to more indoor activities, could lead to the spread of the virus. The maximum temperatures in the Upper Midwest region (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin) are 10 degrees Celsius.
Wisconsin recorded a record number of hospitalizations on Saturday, and an average of 22% of tests tested positive in the state, which has one of the highest positive rates in the United States. The Democratic governor of the state imposed the wearing of the mask on August 1. North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin have the most cases per capita in the United States, the former having about 800 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants.
The average daily infection in the US in the last two weeks is 42,600, and 700 deaths compared to mid-September when the average was 35,000 new cases and 800 deaths.
Among the southern states, Kentucky is the first with record increases in the last month, with most cases reported since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last week.
Health experts could not determine a single cause of the new figures, among the possible reasons being the fact that people got tired and gave up precautions, but also the resumption of classes. In the past two weeks, Kentucky has reported nearly 11,000 new cases of infection and a 20% increase in the hospitalization rate of COVID-19 patients.